I don't need a mock assignment although I would like more info as to what Oracle/Sun is looking for. Especially when it conflicts with what people do in the real world.
I don't find the existing mock (Cade/Sheil) to be that useful though. It clearly doesn't contain everything needed to be a passing assignment and isn't clear on what was glossed over. So *more* of those wouldn't help me.
I am not talking about a mock assignment like the one given in some book: I am talking about a real life project, scaled down perhaps, that we could discuss and resolve as a community. Would that be helpful?
I have some basic concerns that stem from the fact that we cannot discuss the real assignments / solutions. So anyone working on the mock assignment would have to be really really careful not to go over that line. Speaking from experience it is incredibly hard to develop a mock assignment that can be solved without giving away solutions to the real assignment. So if we did go down this path, we would need to have an extra level of moderation on anything to do with the mock assignment to ensure that:
The problem domain different than the real assignments
Solutions to the mock assignment do not result in solutions to the real assignment
Working on the mock assignment helps candidates in thinking about how they might work on their real assignment
That last point also highlights another issue: since the way the real assignment is marked is completely opaque to us, it is quite possible that solutions (or the mindset for solutions) developed for the mock assignment could result in everyone following the mock to create solutions for the real assignment that are 100% wrong.
If you think that you can fit your mock assignment within those rules, then maybe we can try it out. But be aware that there is going to be a higher level of moderation than normal (and I know some people already feel that there is too much moderation in this forum).